Posted on December 9, 2022

Most Democrats Support Slavery Reparations

Rasmussen Reports, December 8, 2022

Now that California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a plan to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves, a majority of Democrats support the idea.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. voters support taxpayer-funded reparation payments to the descendants of American slaves, including 19% who Strongly Support reparations. Fifty-four percent (54%) are opposed, including 42% who Strongly Oppose reparations payments. In our January 2021 survey, 28% supported reparations.  {snip}

Sixty percent (60%) of Democrats support reparations, but that opinion is shared by only 18% of Republicans and 35% of voters not affiliated with either major party.


Thirty-six percent (36%) of voters nationwide support the California plan, including 18% who Strongly Support it. Fifty-six percent (56%) oppose California’s reparation plan, including 45% who Strongly Oppose it.


However, when informed of the cost of California’s plan – estimated by the governor’s task force at $569 billion, more than the entire annual budget of the state – opposition to reparations increases, even among Democratic voters.


Thirty-one percent (31%) of whites, 66% of black voters and 44% of other minorities support taxpayer-funded reparation payments to the descendants of American slaves. Sixty-one percent (61%) of whites, 25% of black voters and 47% of other minorities oppose taxpayer funded slavery reparation payments.

On the question of California’s $569 billion reparations plan, 24% of whites, 56% of black voters and 35% of other minorities would support such a plan in their state. Seventy-one percent (71%) of whites, 30% of black voters and 60% of other minorities would oppose their state implementing a slavery reparations plan like California’s.